Raphael and Donatello Revealed in New TMNT Trailer


Same trailer as before, now with red and purple

Fans and critics weren’t exactly bowled over by the first teaser-trailer for the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, with much of the negative critique focus on our first glimpse of the new character designs for Leonardo and Michaelangelo. Now, a slightly-revised version of the teaser has now debuted, featuring brief shadowy looks at The Shredder (William Fichtner) and Master Splinter (Tony Shalhoub); but the big news will likely be the clearer-than-previous looks at the new Donatello and Raphael.

Donny gets the more prominent of the new spotlights, confirming that the Turtles’ resident tech-genius now “does machines” on the go with seemingly an entire workshop’s worth of tools and electronic equipment strapped to his shell and a pair of taped glasses. Raph is seen briefly, but apart from looking significantly larger than his brothers appears to be the least re-designed of the four, with only some leather straps on his arms and legs as “new” accessories. It cannot be determined, at this time, whether he will remain “cool, but rude.”

Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebsman, TMNT will hit theaters in August. A new adaptation of the characters, the film is not connected to any of the previous installments or the new animated series currently airing on Nickelodeon.

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